I planned to do a giveaway today, to thank you all for your support launching the Etsy shop (Minden Shop), but I haven't decided what delectable item to offer up. We have already stock-piled sweet finds for when we re-open the shop in 2013 (remember, we close our doors August 15th) and I'm trying to figure out a giveaway goody that you'll all love. While I think on that, and nurse an embarrassingly bad sunburn (it's like I'm new to this planet and didn't know what the hot red ball in the sky is), I thought I'd tease you a bit with some treasure hunted goodies that didn't made it into the shop. Okay, and a few that did!
I spotted these Shelley England moulds at a rummage sale on my third time perusing a table. Definitely need to be patient as a treasure hunter, and look under every rock. I saw a set of 5 minis like this for sale here for 78 British pounds.
The moulds live a Mom's now, and were perfect for displaying earrings for the shop, like these deep, dark Baltic amber earrings:
Or these Sputnik-inspired earrings (they come with a matching pendant, too):
On the subject of miniatures, I bought all five of these wee little jars (about the sizes of the jellies above) for $1.00! I plan to spend way too much time painting them (with this project as my inspiration) for a play kitchen.
With play kitchens still on the brain, we scored some sweet melamine pieces. Three different manufacturers, all the same shade of pea green (some are Melmac, some are not) At one time, this colour was super hot.
Three (shame, not four) stainless steel egg cups for . . . you guessed it . . . a play kitchen. Stamped Denmark.
Something for the real kitchen: my Mom found these gorgeous, lustre ware ramekins. They are pristine, never used. I have a feeling they might remain that way, as objects to admire only. We have a few Fire King lustre ware pieces for sale in the shop, like this pair of sweet laurel bowls (thanks to my Grandma's treasure hunting skills).
A pitcher perfect for maple syrup on lazy breakfast days.
We found this sweet, mid-century platter for my Mom. It is the perfect bridge piece between her creamy, somewhat ornate everyday china and the stream-lined mid-century mod pieces she loves, because the colour perfectly matches her china but the style suits her other serving ware. I made her keep it.
There's more. I'm still unpacking my loot from the drive home. But you can see that we haven't kept the juiciest finds to ourselves. What we've kept is cute and all, but our best goodies have gone into the shop, where I pine for them. I'd actually really love to keep this turquoise and gold tiled tray we have for sale:
Or maybe this yellow Dansk butter pot. I think it would be perfect in a kitchen just as an objet d'art.
These gold Regency-style wheat sheaf glasses are so glam, and then I found an even sparklier set. So perfect for holiday parties.
But, we can't keep it all. Hubby was suspicious of this whole Etsy "business" and theorized it was a ruse to thrift and keep more. I'm trying to prove him wrong! Although, proof-reading this post, seems a lot of these goodies went to Mom's, huh?
Have a lovely weekend, and happy thrifting.
P.S. Tell me what kind of prizes you like to win! I'm overwhelmed with ideas, here. Too much pressure.